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Benjamin Grosvenor interviews with KMFA 89.5 - Austin

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Interview with KMFA's Chris Johnson

At twenty-four years old, British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor has just released his third major label recording for the Decca label, Homages. In this new recording, Grosvenor explores works by great composers paying tribute to their predecessors. Mendelssohn looks back to the Prelude & Fugue form made so popular by Bach; and Franck does likewise (adding a Chorale as a central section). Busoni takes Bach's great solo violin Chaconne, presenting it in a bold transcription for piano; Chopin breathes new life in to the traditional ‘Barcarolle' of Venetian gondoliers, followed ten years later by Lizst's tribute to Italian folksong, Venezia e Napoli. From the 20th Century, Ravel looks to the traditional baroque suite for inspiration for his Tombeau de Couperin 

LISTEN TO Chris Johnson's interview on KMFA 89.5 Austin